Berlin: A Student’s Perspective
In our previous blog, we helped students get a brief understanding about education, the German culture and the various job opportunities; Deutschland has to offer. Now that we have established the fact that Public Universities in Germany offer free education for selected courses. Educaro would like to assist students and Individuals alike to understand a city in a detailed manner. This blog is intended for those who are eager to move into a city or to those who are already there and haven’t explored enough.
Let us start off with one of the most talked about cities, the capital of Germany itself, Berlin. The city is primarily known for tourism and business. It boasts five renowned Public Universities such as Freie University, Humboldt University, Technical University of Berlin, Berlin University of the Arts and University of Potsdam. There are six recognised Private Universities and several professional and technical colleges specialising in applied sciences. It also houses several research institutions such as the Fraunhofer Society, the Leibniz Association, the Helmholtz Association, and the Max Planck Society to name a few. They are either independent or loosely affiliated with Universities. Our readers with science backgrounds will be surprised to know that Physicists such as Albert Einstein, Max Planck and Erwin Schrodinger are one among the 40 Nobel laureates affiliated to the Berlin-based Universities.
Other than the University information provided, Berlin is also known to be spacious. So much so that you feel like having a park for yourself. It is also known to be the city with half a million foreigners who hail from 185 countries. This makes up 14% of the total population in Berlin; we can ensure that the Indians who move to this city will never feel lonely. If an individual is a nature lover, then they can always visit the Berlin Zoo which is the most visited zoo in Europe. Berlin is also known to house 3 of the UNESCO world heritage sites and is also one of the few greenest cities, which one can experience during the warmer months.
To all the art lovers, we have three world class and active opera houses, the only city to have the most. Additionally it is known to have more than 150 theatres and halls for every occasion. Berlin is also known for its waterways, more than Amsterdam, Stockholm and Venice combined. One can spend hours going around town by boat as the navigable waterways stretch for over 180kms, Oberbaum bridge between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain being the most famous one. If one does not like the waterways, they can always visit the museums in Berlin. They say that Berlin houses more museums than rainy days per year, 180 museums and on average 106 rainy days. And if one wants more prospects on their bucket list, then you can always visit the 9 castles or palaces in the vicinity, namely Charlottenburg, Kopenick , Schanhauser and 6 former mansions referred to as little castles. One can also book a table at the revolving restaurant on the Fernsehturm or the TV Tower around Alexanderplatz. It is the tallest structure in Germany standing at 368mts high, a guaranteed view one can relish while having dinner.
Last but not the least; we have good news to all our party enthusiasts out there. Berlin is known to host the annual international Berlin Beer Festival. The festival runs for 2.2kms and is known to be the longest worldwide. It doesn’t just end there; Berlin is also famous for the Berlin White, Berlin’s very own beer speciality that is made from wheat. Almost every single station on Berlin’s inner city train network has a nightclub nearby. To top it all off, if people feel that they do not have the stomach to drink it all and manage themselves, then we have good news for them as well. Berlin is known to have 11 BVG night bus lines that will literally drop you right at your doorstep. I hope we have helped our viewers plan their tours once they arrive in Berlin and made their stay worthwhile.